Vatican Criticizes Avatar

From New Statesman:

James Cameron’s new film, Avatar, may be breaking box-office records, but the Vatican is not impressed — or amused. The Holy See’s newspaper, L’Osservatore Romano, has called it “bland” and “facile”, while its radio station claimed that the 3-D spectacular was “a wink towards the pseudo-doctrines which have made ecology the religion of the millennium … Nature is no longer a creation to defend, but a divinity to worship.”

The comment comes just days after the Pope publicly criticized world leaders for failing to agree a treaty at the Copenhagen climate summit. “To cultivate peace, one must protect creation,” he said. But he has also warned before against “a new pantheism tinged with neo-paganism, which would see the source of man’s salvation in nature alone, understood in purely naturalistic terms”.

I agree with the Pope that “being green” has gone way beyond a general duty to take reasonable care of our environment. For many, it now has a moral authority that allows them to feel no qualms about aggressively berating others for flying off somewhere warm on holiday, for driving a large car, or for buying non-locally produced fruit, let alone committing an act as heinous as eating shark’s fin soup — never mind that it is a dish whose popularity dates back to the days of the Ming Dynasty (though I’ve always found it pretty tasteless, myself).

[Read more at New Statesman]

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  • tonyviner

    Doesn't The Vatican have more pressing issues to worry about? I guess they think that by bringing up a movie that has not been talked about in a couple of months people's attention will be drawn away from the recent gay sex debacle or the fact that a number of power wielding officials continue to HAVE SEX WITH CHILDREN.

  • emperorreagan

    Nature worship has been around much longer than the church or the current environmental movement.

    The church should stick to its expertise – extorting money from people and raping children – and keep its commentary on pop culture to itself.

  • Old News

    This story is three months old…

  • GoodDoktorBad

    Impaled on its own hypocrisy, the Catholic Church will return to the Hell from which it came……

  • Brian

    The Vatican is upset that some people feel the divinity of nature – the place where we are able to live, or not.

    I believe I do prefer the divinity of nature to the supposed divinity of the Catholic deity Who evidently finds the rape of children yummy, and the covering up of it all as appropriate business as usual.

    Isn't it about time we pitch the Vatican and its stew of miserable pederasts, rapists, and apologists for power into the Mediterranean and allow the beauty of nature's oceans to wash the earth clean of this filth?

  • chimike

    Your priests rape kids…how can you criticize anything?

  • http://www.xenex.org/ xen

    Criticizing Avatar is the single worst thing the Vatican has ever done.

  • http://www.xenex.org/ xen

    Criticizing Avatar is the single worst thing the Vatican has ever done.

  • Bobbiepentecost

    Why don’t you child-raping terdbags criticize yourselves for once, eh? How about you sell off the palatial Vatican estates, close down all your brainwashing stations worldwide, and use the revenue to solve world hunger?

  • Bobbiepentecost

    Why don’t you child-raping terdbags criticize yourselves for once, eh? How about you sell off the palatial Vatican estates, close down all your brainwashing stations worldwide, and use the revenue to solve world hunger?

  • Anarchy Pony

    There is no need for salvation. That’s what they don’t understand. 

  • Wanooski

    There is no need for salvation. That’s what they don’t understand. 

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